Segregation Showdown at Little Rock
September 24, 2007 On Sept. 24, 1957, President Eisenhower sent federal troops to force Little Rock to open Central High to nine black students. For many southerners, the event revived painful memories of occupation after the Civil War and exposed hidden racial fears.
September 25, 2007 Today marks the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock, Arkansas' Central High School. Confronted by hostile crowds, nine African-American students were ushered through the doors of the high school, forever challenging the nation's commitment to equal rights. Today, the students who made up the Little Rock Nine spoke to a sold-out crowd at Central High School.
September 25, 2007 Fifty years ago today, nine black students attended their first full day of classes at the previously all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Has the demise of legal segregation lead to integration on all levels of American society? Guests and callers discuss the racial separation that persists in neighborhoods, schools, and places of worship.
September 24, 2007 Fifty years ago, a group of black teenagers known as the Little Rock Nine faced down an angry white mob in Arkansas and integrated Central High School. Farai Chideya talks with three of the Little Rock Nine as they reflect back on that historic day, and recount their high school experiences.
September 21, 2007 Fifty years after the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., the role of activist Daisy Bates is still being debated. Bates helped recruit the Little Rock Nine, the first black students to attend the school. But some think she took much credit.
September 4, 2007 A half-century ago, Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus ordered troops from the Arkansas National Guard to Central High School because the Little Rock School Board had decided to allow nine black students to attend the previously all-white school. One of those students, Elizabeth Eckford, recalls that time.
July 12, 2007 Fifty years ago this summer, the Little Rock, Ark., school board voted to integrate its public schools. That set off a confrontation that resulted in federal troops escorting black students into the schools. One of the students speaks about her experience as one of the "Little Rock Nine."